What’s the best way to talk about women’s rights, you ask? If you’re Nicki Minaj, that involves posing with a couple of sexy male models. I like the way the “Anaconda” rapper thinks 😉
The 33-year-old rapper is currently working on a new album and a TV series for Freeform inspired by her life. She’s taking a break from that to chat with Marie Claire about several issues.
In addition to talking about women’s rights, Minaj discusses collaborating with Beyonce, competing with male rappers, double standards for women of color in the media and much more with the publication.
Check out more pics from the provocative shoot below featuring models Justin Rock and Charlie Matthews, along with some quotes from the interview.
On Competing With Male Rappers
“I don’t need to read a book about [business]. I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire? I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”
On Double Standards For Women Of Color In Media
“When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite. So it wasn’t trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It’s quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I’ve gotten accustomed to just shutting it down.”
On Collaborating With Beyonce
“Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling.”
For more, head over to Marie Claire.